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As the holiday season approaches, stores are gearing up for Black Friday, which is only 23 days away. With less than two months left until Christmas, shoppers might be starting to feel the pressure to get those presents bought and wrapped.

Every year, crowds line up for Black Friday deals in the wee hours of the morning, hoping to find the perfect gift for their friends and family while still saving money. Since the 60’s, Black Friday has been one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

All over the country, eager shoppers can expect some department stores to open as early as 10pm on Thanksgiving Day. One major department store has announced that it will be opening most of its stores nationwide at midnight in order to give customers a head start on their Black Friday deals.

Department stores aren’t the only ones opening early. Malls, toy stores and other retailers will be opening at 10pm as well. And consumers may have already noticed that several stores have begun selling Christmas decorations – even before Halloween.

Yet other stores are maintaining a later opening schedule, and opening early Friday morning instead of late Thursday evening. These stores have said they’d like to give their employees more time to spend with their family. Considering that Black Friday falls on Thanksgiving weekend, we can hardly blame the sentiment.

With different stores opening at different times, keep an eye out when shopping to look for promotional posters explaining what time your favorite stores will open on Black Friday. You may even want to strategize a “plan of attack,” so to speak, and map out which stores you’ll visit first.

Where will you be on Black Friday?

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